The Palm Beach Dressage Derby to Host the First Annual Pas de Trois

On Sunday, March 3, 2002 Betsy Steiner, Patrick Burssens and Lynda Alicki will dance for women around the world at the First Annual Pas de Trois to benefit breast cancer research. The performance will be lively and the music will be patriotic in honor of the spirit of our nation. The exhibition will be held at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, a CDI***/CDIY and qualifier for the World Equestrian Games, located at the Horse Park in Loxahatchee, Florida. A benefit Champagne Luncheon will be included in the festivities and will precede the Musical Freestyle competition and the featured Pas de Trois.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. The Foundation is the first and largest national organization dedicated solely to funding clinical and genetic research on breast cancer at outstanding medical centers across the country.

Mary Ross, the event organizer and first level Dressage rider, created the event both in memory of her mother who died of breast cancer and to promote the sport of Dressage. " I think Dressage is a terrific sport that doesn't receive the attention it deserves. People don't realize how exciting and fun Dressage can be. By taking the more up-beat and entertaining parts of Dressage I hope to increase awareness of the sport in both equestrian and non-equestrian communities, says Ross.


The creation and the performance of a Pas de Trois, an intricate dance executed by three teams of horse and rider, are challenging. The movements need to be designed, the music needs to be set to the movements, and the riders need to put in hours of practice. "I feel very lucky to have found such terrific riders who are willing to find the time to make the performance special. Their schedules are hectic, but they are going the extra mile. They deserve to be recognized for their commitment to breast cancer research and to their sport", says Ross. Terry Ciotti-Gallo, whose mother died of cancer, has volunteered her expertise and will put the music to the movements designed by Beth Zimski. Mary Phelps-Hathaway will provide the photography and video the March 3 event. Miriam Morgan of has donated her design services for the poster and promotional materials.

Others within the community are helping to support the event. Among them is Joli Burrell who is more than happy to help out. "Breast Cancer touches everyone. We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and we feel their pain as well", says Joli. Carol Cohen, a patron of the event, feels that research is vital. "Finding a cure will protect our future", says Carol. Mary Ann Grant, a committee member and cancer survivor, believes awareness is half the battle. "As long as I am breathing I will help fight against cancer".

Participants of the Pas de Trois in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation invite you to join all the wonderful individuals and companies who are giving their time and support to fight breast cancer. If you cannot attend the luncheon we hope you will join us for the Pas de Trois, everyone is invited.

VIP ringside chalet seating for the benefit Champagne Luncheon, the Freestyle competition and the Pas de Trois is $125. For information contact Mary Ross at 561-852-2591.